Car accidents are often traumatic. It takes just a second for an average day to turn into a disaster. You suddenly find yourself trapped inside a burning vehicle and fighting for your life. You can’t breathe. The heat is intense. You fear for your life.
Once you’ve escaped the fire, the adrenaline will subside. Your body will become aware of your injuries. There is a high risk of shock or respiratory failure at this time. It isn’t until your condition is stable that you become aware of excruciating pain. The pain of a severe burn is so intense that that you may be placed in a medically induced coma until it has healed enough for the pain to be bearable. Alternatively, you may be given strong pain medications; many of these medications have the potential to become addictive.
Once the burn begins to heal, you will be brought out of the coma. This may be the first time that you are truly aware of your injuries. Now, you must learn to live with the results of a crash that you barely remember. Instead of returning to your normal life, your days revolve around your injury.
Recovering from a burn is a long-term process that can involve multiple surgeries over a period of months or even years. But surgery isn’t the end; after the surgery, you will need intensive physical therapy in order to regain flexibility in the injured area.
Finally, you must learn to live with the scarring. Every time you look at your injury, you see a permanent reminder of the crash. This makes it hard to move on. It is not unusual for Iowa car accident burn victims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, nearly 60 percent of burn victims suffer from symptoms of PTSD in the year after their injury.
Signs of PTSD
- Nightmares, flashbacks, or uncontrollable memories of the crash
- Avoidance of situations, people, and places that remind the victim of the accident
- Anxiety, hyper-vigilance, or unusual fears
The attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are dedicated to helping Iowa accident victims get the compensation they need to recover from their crash. We want to make sure that the insurance company pays for all of the required medical treatment, therapy, reconstructive surgery, and psychological counseling. To learn more about your rights, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims or call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.